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CAVALIERS: LeBron James sat out his fourth consecutive game Wednesday night because of a sprained left index finger, the most games he's missed because of an injury.

The Cavaliers are 0-4 without James and have lost five in a row.

James leads the NBA with 30.7 points per game. He's also averaging 7.6 rebounds and 8.1 assists.

- Anderson Varejao will play for Cleveland this season, after all. The Cavaliers matched the Charlotte Bobcats' $17 million, three-year offer sheet for the restricted free agent.

Varejao averaged a career-best 6.8 points and 6.7 rebounds last season in helping the Cavaliers reach the NBA Finals for the first time.

KNICKS-NETS: The Knicks were without starters Stephon Marbury and Eddy Curry for their game Wednesday against the New Jersey Nets, who were without All-Star Jason Kidd.

Kidd, who has often excelled against the Knicks since his trade to New Jersey in 2001, was not in uniform because of a migraine.

Marbury wasn't at the Knicks' morning shootaround at their training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y., three days after his father died during the team's home loss to Phoenix.

Curry sprained his left ankle while running during the morning shootaround. With he and Marbury out, the Knicks were missing two of their top four scorers.

RAPTORS: Forward Chris Bosh , a former Georgia Tech standout, missed his fourth consecutive game Wednesday when Toronto played host to the Phoenix Suns. Bosh, bothered by a strained groin, leads the Raptors with 18.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

PACERS: The trial of Indiana players Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels stemming from a bar fight almost a year ago was delayed until Jan. 14.



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